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How does epidemic conjunctivitis pink eye affect the body?

Epidemic conjunctivitis pink eye affects the mucous membranes that cover and line the lids of your eyes. The lids of the eyes and the white part of the eyes become swollen, irritated and reddened. The lymph nodes that surround your neck and ears may also become enlarged. Sometimes your vision becomes hazy, and the part of the eye referred to as the cornea becomes irritated (keratitis). The eye becomes sensitive to light and feels sore as if something is in it.

Dr. David R. Demartini, MD
Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)

Epidemic conjunctivitis is usually a very contagious virus that affects the mucus membranes of the eyes but may also affect the mucus membranes of the nose, mouth and throat. Eye doctors often find that Pink Eye sufferers also have a history of cold, sore throat, laryngitis, cough, swollen glands or other viral illness. These patients can often identify the contact person who gave them this virus. Because this virus is often so contagious, the patients are conselled to avoid transmitting the virus to other friends or family.

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